This text is the one we had a sermon on yesterday. There are a couple of points worth repeating, for this covenant remains: this is one of the few promises God has given to us.
- We wont destroy this place. When I was a child, we were told to be afraid of nuclear war, or that we would end up in an ice age. I recall hard frosts in South Auckland that are more like the frosts we get in Dunedin now. My Dad recalls worse when he was a child during the second world war. Things got warmer, then cooler, then wetter, then dryer. And we were warned each phase would continue. The earth is not ours, it is the LORDS, and as long as the world endures the climate cycle will. So don’t be afraid of the models that the greens use to frighten bureaucrats and the press and to regulate us
- When you come out of a trial things change The antediluvian culture was corrupt, evil, and dissolute. To the point where the Lord regretted that humans existed. But Noah was not like that. Noah was not perfect, but he sought God. That was enough. He endured the mockery of the world, he built a boat (which took him a very long time) and then entered it, shut the door. The people kept on living around him. Then he rained, and he was vindicated. But when he entered the new world there was none of that. We do not return to what we had before, we move on.
- This was not in the sermon, but the symbols of the covenant are precisely the symbols the opposition to the gospel will subvert. The rainbow is now a sign of degeneration, the cross is inverted, and the law mocked. The communion is desecrated, and in New Zealand the attempts to regulate churches out of existence continue. Every time a church becomes flats or a congregation cannot redevelop because the unholy want the architecture but not the spirit the spirit of this age rejoices. Unwisely. For the end is written, and it is Christ.
On the chat in the sermon there was someone saying that claiming the rainbow is a ign of the covenant is non inclusive and hurtful. He was corrected. The rainbow is a sign that the seasons will continue, and we can rebuild after every flood.
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
Paul teaches that the waters of baptism are akin to the wasters of the flood, that we are saved from our generation by the same. That nothing should be the same following this, and regardless of the storms that come our way, we shall abide in Christ.